Working memory training improves arithmetic skills and verbal working memory capacity in children with ADHD
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Children with ADHD diagnosis often display working memory deficits, as well as reading and mathematical disabilities. Previous studies have demonstrated that computerized working memory training (WMT) is a promising intervention. The present study aimed at exploring the effects of WMT on working memory, scholastic skills and behavioral symptoms in children with ADHD. Thirty-two children, aged 6 to 11, were randomized to WMT or a control condition. WMT consisted of nine tasks taxing working memory with adaptive difficulty level. All children trained in their homes, with their parents acting as supervisors. Children who completed more than 20 days of training in 5-8 weeks (8 in the WMT condition and 13 in the control condition) were considered compliers. Assessments were conducted before and after intervention. Results indicated that WMT lead to significant gains of verbal working memory and arithmetic skills. More research is needed to further investigate the effects of WMT.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 34 p.
working memory training, working memory, ADHD
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-49618OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-49618DiVA: diva2:378617
Söderlund, Göran, doktor
Smedler, Ann-Charlotte, Professor